How to Choose the Right and Energy Efficient Thermostat

A heating and cooling system, whether it’s an LPG, gas, or oil-fired unit can only produce optimal home comfort when it is disciplined by the right Thermostat and ideal settings.
A right thermostat is one that delivers demonstrated energy savings and reliable performance with improved convenience and insight, not to mention, the computability with your HVAC system.

There are many brands offering smart thermostats that are energy-efficient, and control temperature based on your lifestyle. With a plethora of thermostats available in the market, choosing the right one often becomes a sticky-wicket for homeowners. 

In this blog post, you’ll get the knack of how to select the right thermostats for your home and what new advancements are there in the Thermostat types.
Let’s first read over the different types!

Manual Thermostats 

A manual thermostat is a round unit that is a simple and economical. Generally, it is found in old homes where homeowners manually move the needle up or down to adjust the unit according to their comfort level. These devices are less energy-efficient however, they work well for those who want a fixed temperature. 

Programmable Thermostats

A programmable thermostat unit enables to input customized settings for every day of a week. You can make the most efficient use by adjusting the temperature throughout the day. These units can save much on heating and cooling costs. However, homeowners must choose a model that is compatible with their HVAC system. 

Smart Thermostats

A smart thermostat is a WiFi-enabled device that allows you to manage your heating and cooling remotely from a laptop, tablet or mobile. There are other great models in market that incorporate more sophisticated features like they learn from your previous choices and adjust temperature accordingly and some may use automation and optimization feature and access the right timing of turning your system on. 

Room Thermostats

These thermostats maintain the best temperature and prevent your home from getting warmer than it needs to. You should set this at the lowest possible comfortable temperature.

Room thermostat should be given a free flow of air in order to sense the temperature more precisely. Homeowners should ensure there is no blockage due to any heat source, furniture, or curtains. 

Hot water Thermostats

Hot water thermostat is for those who store water in cylinder and want to prevent it from heating more than it needs to. The heat supply from the boiler automatically stops as soon as water reaches the temperature you have set.
For the best performance, you must install a thermostatic mixing valve that automatically ensures that water is at a safe temperature. 

Get energy-efficient-home with a programmable thermostat

With a programmable thermostat, you can run a scheduled heating and cooling program without manually changing the setting throughout the day. The best part is you can change the temperature six or more times in a day.

The 7- days thermostat: The most adjustable thermostat that offers a setting for every day of the week. This model is perfect for those that want temperature changing daily.

5+1+1 thermostat: With this unit, you can set one setting for weekdays and separate setting/schedule for Saturday and Sunday.

5+2 thermostat: It is for those who want to set one program for weekdays and one for weekends.

1-week thermostat: This model repeats the same setting through a week and is not as efficient as other models in the market.


Clear the clutter around HVAC appliances - 6 dangers!

You don't see HVAC appliances in sight as you visit someone. And you know the reason. They are kept in places which are out of sight. For instance, garage, attic, closet or most commonly basement. And these are the places where all the other stuff is thrown out which the homeowners wishes to hide. Though common, this is a deadly practice. And while the professional's endorsement of keeping the space around HVAC appliances goes unheard, it could take lives. This blog is dedicated to making your HVAC space safe. Be mindful of all the pieces of advice made here and the consequences of cluttering your HVAC space.

1. Inadequate air flow 

When the surrounding of heating or cooling appliances is teamed with random stuff, the airflow is affected. And while you might already know that these appliances particularly the heating appliances need adequate supply of air in order to work efficiently. So, the immediate effect of a clutter filled surrounding is the affected efficiency of the appliance.

2. Off-gassing and bad IAQ

Items like sprays, paints and other chemicals emit fumes. This emission sometimes speeds up as a result of the heat produced by the HVAC appliances. These fumes spread rapidly all over the home and impact the indoor air quality. Sometimes the IAQ deteriorates so much that the indoor is more polluted than the outdoor. This off-gassing causes allergies, asthma and raises several other health concerns.

3. Danger of flammable items

Chemical fumes is one danger and flammable items yet another. You most often see the Furnace surrounded with card-boards, wooden items, small bottles of sprays etc. And all of these are a big big sign of danger. Once they catch fire, it if difficult to manage it. Also, some particular chemicals can undergo chemical reaction with the Furnace components and damage them.
At least a two feet of area around the Furnace should be kept cleared and specially of such flammable items.

4. No laundry around HVAC!

Strictly avoid washing lines close to Furnace as well as water heater. Even if they are not proper washing lines, people sometimes randomly hang or place clothes near the Furnace or Water Heater to dry. Similar to the wood or paper, cloths can also catch fire and even if they don't, hanging cloths close to these appliances definitely impedes the air flow.

5. Dust is the biggest culprit 

Did you know, the most of the Furnace fire incidents take place as a result of dust? Oh yes, the dust which clogs the system results in poor air flow which leads to short circuiting and fires. So the care of all cares is to clean! And clean regularly. Even during the off peak seasons, consider cleaning the appliance once every month so that it does not get dirty enough to set itself on fire (in anger).

6. Emergencies are difficult to handle with clutter 

Imagine if God forbid, an emergency situation arises, how much of the time would be wasted clearing the clutter? Emergencies become even difficult to manage when the surroundings of an appliance is full of clutter. It is just synonymous with putting yourself at risk.

If you're a concerned homeowner, you definitely do not wish to risk yourself or your home. And they say, prevention is better than cure. So better prevent yourself from such deadly situations instead of trying to cure them later. 


Air Duct Cleaning – What You Should Know

Indoor air pollution is a matter of increased concern and visibility. There are a plethora of companies marketing the products and services intended to improve the indoor air quality. Such companies have approached many homeowners and truth be told, duct cleaning services have made a massive growth in recent years because their role in pristine indoor air quality is imperative.

Wondering if duct cleaning is worth the money spent? Firstly NOT every homeowner needs to have their ducts cleaned. To help you be informed, whether you are the one who needs a thorough inspection, we have made a comprehensive guide, where you’ll learn:

- What is air duct cleaning?
- How does air duct cleaning work?
- How often you need to have the air duct cleaned?
- What can air duct cleaning cost you?
- The possible health benefits

What is air duct cleaning? 

Air duct cleaning is a process where various parts of the forced air heating and cooling system are professionally cleaned to eliminate dust, bacteria, and other particles. A cleaner along with air ducts thoroughly cleans the other parts like fan motor, condensate drip pans, heat exchangers, grilles, diffusers, supply and return ducts, and registers. 

How does the air cleaning process work?

Contaminants using the agitation devices are removed from the HVAC surface in the first place. Next, a vacuum system is used to remove the loosened particles.
It is essential to build a sanction that keeps the movement of particles one-directional and which is into the vacuum hose. During the whole process, the system is kept in a negative pressure to stop air from escaping into the other part of the house. The technician also uses chemical biocides to kill the bacteria inside the ducts. 

How often you need to have the duct cleaned?

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency do not recommend to include duct cleaning in the annual home maintenance routine. We never like to breathe the air that moves through filthy or dust-covered passages? Therefore, immediately call a technician when you observe the excessive dust, vermin, mold, restricted airflow or water damage. The best part is most of the dust gets stick to the surface and does not move into the living space; that’s why we recommend to have the ducts cleaned after every few years. 

What a duct cleaning cost you?

The cost of duct cleaning will not be the same for everyone. The cost estimation is done by knowing the size of the home in square feet, number of storeys and supply registers and also the size of the HVAC equipment, level of contamination and how long the job can take. 

The possible health benefits

Dust inside the home builds up with various dust mites, pollen, pet fur, and more, the springing of these particles can result in many health-related problems. Having air ducts cleaned benefits your health as asthma and allergic symptoms are more likely to trigger when you breathe in dirty air.
Get your duct cleaned! 


Why AC’s airflow suddenly Got Weak

It is miserable to find yourself in the middle of hot summer days with AC not blowing cold air. We can imagine the situation when you come back home after a long hot summer day and expect to unwind in your cooled down space, yet you suddenly realize the air coming from AC is not what you expected, and the temperature inside your home is as HOT as outside.
Hold on! Don’t need to keep your family worried and uncomfortable. Walk out through the following methods to figure out the problems before things get unbearable.  
AC not blowing hard

Why is My AC not blowing hard?:

When the weather is consistently heating up, the worst nightmare one could ever have is to deal with unexpected problems with home comfort like AC not blowing hard.  Ideally, the vent should blow strong and consistent air. And in any case, you sense that air coming out of vents is uneven and weak, then there is an issue with the system that needs to be diagnosed quickly. 
We recommend performing DIY maintenance before calling an expert technician to home. 
In the first place, make sure the problem is with the vents and secondly, there is no hindrance coming in the ways of vents that restrict the flow of air in any way. Moreover, ensure there is no visible problem with the evaporator coil, and flex ducts are not worn down. Lastly, check the dampers are open and functioning properly. 

The common issues when AC is not blowing hard: 

Follow the do-it-yourself checks and if the problem persists don’t hesitate to call a professional. 

Replace broken Fans:

Every homeowner needs to retreat to the safety of home and when you see irregularity or uneven air from the vents, then consider changing the broken fans. When blower motor is crushed, or fan blades are covered with excessive dust then do the following:

Solution: Turn off the ac and find the blower motor and clean if there is any dust. 

Clogged air filters:

One of the most obvious issues of impaired air flow could be clogged air filters. When homeowners don’t timely change the filters, it is more likely that the dirt, debris may start developing and obstructing the proper flow out of the system. It not just brings the problem with the air conditioner but also increase the chances of respiratory disorders.

Solution: Change the air filters.

Frozen evaporator coil:

Are you experiencing a problem in Air Conditioner, coil might be to blame? The evaporator coil is the component of air conditioner which performs a function to cool air. Sometimes, it gets over cold, and the humidity of your home converts it into a frozen evaporator coil. 

Solution: Turn off the AC and let ice to melt, ensure return gates are all open and clean air filters if they are dirty. 

When to call an HVAC professional:

In the worst-case scenarios, you must call an HVAC professional, especially when the problem is with air ducts like ducts are leaky, have holes, or the system suffers from other technical or mechanical malfunctionings.  


Smart Devices For AC And Home Automation

Heard the Buzz that a home could turn to “Smart” with advanced automation technology? A device is smart when you control it with remote, smartphone, tablet, desktop, or voice. Wireless technology has undoubtedly brought advancement and convenience from home appliances to the HVAC system.
Homeowners integrate several smart devices with a microprocessor that coordinate the technology of your choice.

Need help getting started? The following products will turn home smart and save energy bills while they are at it.


Gone are days, when thermostats were just used to turn the temperature up or down. Now, thermostats have become smart and come with many convenient features that anyone can learn to use.
A programmable or Smart Thermostat can adjust the temperature automatically at set durations. Moreover, it can be used wirelessly with a smartphone or tablet. Meaning, homeowners can adjust the temperature from almost anywhere while on work, school, or vacation.  Some high-tech models of smart thermostat have been introduced that learn your behavior patterns and adjust the temperature accordingly.

Smart Water Sensors:

It is great to catch water leaks early on. Therefore, homeowners use smart waters sensors to avoid pipe burst. Though the old-fashioned leak detectors have been blessing for homeowners to detect the problem immediately if any of home inhabitants is around and all ears to the alarm. What if there is no one at home!!
Fortunately, advances in home technology have patched this flaw and introduced smart water sensors. These are battery powered and come with wireless technology, enabling you to connect with speakers and other devices. If these water sensors detect water, they immediately send alert to your connected device (mobile or laptop).

Smart blinds and shades:

You realize it or not, but windows have a significant impact on indoor temperature. How disgusting it feels when air escapes from the loosely sealed window in winters or sun rays bump up the inside temperature on the scorching summers.
Back then, homeowners found the best way to control the amount of heat was by installing the heavy curtains or blinds that most of the time tend to remain in the same position.
But now, for energy-conscious homeowners, automated smart shades and blinds are up for grab.  Smart shades, when connected with a thermostat, allows you to enjoy bigger and better energy savings.

Air Quality monitors:

Air quality monitors are ultra-smart and give a head up regarding the conditions inside your home. These smart gadgets will keep a close eye to the air quality and level of humidity and alert you immediately if anything unusual happens.

Smart home assistants or smart speakers:

Speakers are not just to play music; instead, they have become a central hub for the different smart devices. They let you connect everything from TV’s to sound of your voice to thermostats, bulbs, and AC. Products like Amazon echo and google smart home allow you to have various assistants to keep close track to your scheduling, shopping, and keeps you abreast about other relevant information.


How to eliminate these 7 common bad smells from home?

Each house has an odour which is a combination of people living there, their perfumes, aftershave, the food they're cooking, and so on. But the bad smell is most offensive and actually possesses different toxins which affect your health badly. Moreover, you would not want your respectable guest to feel it. To avoid such unpleasant smells, you must know the possible ways to eradicate them from your place.

Pets have a smell:

Healthy animals do not have an offensive smell, but unhealthy animals often have. Animals smells can be tough to abolish as they are constantly present at the home. This type of smell can even be embedded in clothes and fabrics. Medical care can be used to resolve pet relating odors.

What causes pet odor:

Malodor is an indication of a health problem.

Ear, mouth, anal area, vulva, or skin are sources of pet odor

Footpads contain glands that in some healthy animals produce a "dog odour."

Cigar/cigarette smell:

Even if you ask someone to smoke outside, the smoke can still enter and stay in the house through open doors. To fix the issue, use a hand towel and pour some white vinegar, after which you wring it out and take the towel and walk through the home, swinging it all in the air.

Fishy Smells:

The most obvious cause of the fishy smell is bringing a fish at home. While the other elements can also carry this annoying odour, generally, the burn of plastic or electrical wires causes a fishy or urine like smell. To prevent this, you must check all wires if they are looking like burnt or melted. Make sure any plastic is far away from the heating sources.

Avoid Musty and Moldy Smells:

The abandoned or damp area in your home where water leaks and moisture builds up can cause a musty smell. Vinegar and water solution works best to clean all the mold on the surface. Having a proper ventilation system within the home can also help you to lessen this specific smell.

Rotten Egg Smell:

Do you sense any smell of a rotten egg? Then you must draw all attention to the gas. This odor may act as an indicator of clogged P-trap. A properly working P-trap does not let the gas to come up the drain. To avoid this situation, you must flow some water at least once within a month.

Keep your Kitchen clean:

You must develop some good kitchen habits such as wiping out the sink after washing dishes, cleaning up spills ASAP, having a trash bowl and taking out the garbage regularly. If your garbage stinks and it is not yet full, you should sprinkle some coffee grinds on it. This will help to eliminate the bad odor.

A foul smell from a bathroom:

To prevent your bathroom from stinking; you must make sure the exhaust fan is working properly. In a severe situation, you should prepare a spray. The spray should contain 2 cups of water with 1 tbsp white vinegar, I tsp. baking soda, and 10 drops of essential oil. Use this spray to eliminate the typical bathroom odours.


You won't be bothered by bugs this Summer

You are not bothered by the bugs in the outdoors much. Even when you are, you don't really mind it knowing that you are not staying in the outdoors for an entire life. But let's be practical, we all are bothered by the bugs in the outdoor as well as in the indoor. And there are solutions to be at peace in both situations, whether you are enjoying a picnic outside or cherishing with your family in the indoor. This blog, however, is dedicated to some practical, handy and very easy DIY solutions to rid your indoor of bugs. The first is about making a bug fogger while the other about insect repellent. So let's begin.

Bug Fogger and Bug Repellent

DIY Carbon Dioxide Bug Fogger  

- As the Summer begins and the windows are more often opened than closed, go to the nearest store and grab some dry ice. Execute the procedure in the day time and preferably when kids are not at home. Fill a bucket of cold water and place it in whatever area you want to be fogged. The measurement for water and dry ice as per area goes like this;
200 sq feet = 6-10 cups water
200 sq feet = 1 lb dry ice
In case the area is larger than that, make the measurements accordingly by adding 3-5 cups of water for every additional 100 sq feet and 0.5-1 lb dry ice for every additional square foot.

- After placing the water tub in the room to be fogged, close the windows and cover your face properly with a mask. Now add dry ice to the water. It will start to fog, producing concentrated Carbon Dioxide. Place a fan in one corner of the room in order to circulate the fog. Once the procedure begins, leave the room. Give the process 10 minutes to 1 hour in order to let the fog penetrate into all corners completely. Return to the room when the fog has evaporated. If the room appears slightly foggy, open the doors and windows.
This procedure will kill all the bugs hiding anywhere in the room and will abstain the bugs from buzzing in your indoor for a sufficient time period.

DIY Salt Insect Repellent 

You might have observed that most insects are seen on the floor. Primarily for the reason that the floor has some fallen pieces of eatables which the insects need to pick and then drop to their homes made in the room corners. In order to make the floor unsuitable for them to crawl on and give your guests the impression, you don't keep enough cleanliness, make use of your mop. As you mop the floor, add a spoonful of salt in the water. This salt-water mopped floor will repel bugs and insects from crawling on the floor and will eventually repel them from coming to your home since they would know you are not welcoming. 

How often do you feel bothered by bugs and insects and what ways do you use to combat them?